The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Middle school teachers in Mississippi are required to have a "4-8 Subject Area" program of study. This includes two 21-hour content concentrations in academic coursework, a total that can include three to six hours of pedagogy classes in each of the concentration areas. The state also articulates a "7-12 Subject Area" program of study in which teacher candidates must earn a major in the licensed content area.
All new middle school teachers in Mississippi are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
Mississippi Educator Preparation Programs, Process and Performance Reviews http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/ed_licensure/teacher_education.html www.ets.org/praxis
Mississippi recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.